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Tiebreaker Changes at Wimbledon
News Bytes 10/19/2018 11 Comments

Game. Set. Match. That’s the normal flow that produces a winner of a tennis tournament. But what if game after game goes alternately to each of the players—so that no one ever pulls ahead? A rules change is coming to Wimbledon in the spring. The All England Club said Friday it will introduce a final-set tiebreaker next year. When the score in that fifth and final set reaches 12 games to 12 games, a “breaker” will be played to finish off the match.

In 2010, players John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon. The match took more than 11 hours of game time and over three days. Finally, Isner won 70-68 in the final set. That’s not points. That’s games.

Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook supports the introduction of the breaker. He says the time had come for change. According to Brook, the solution is intended “for matches that had not reached their natural conclusion at a reasonable point during the deciding set.”

In the tiebreaker game, the first player to get seven points and lead his or her opponent by at least two points will win the set.

(AP Photo: John Isner of the United States (left) and Nicolas Mahut of France pose next to the scoreboard following their record-setting men’s singles match at Wimbledon in 2010.)

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yessss!! first comment

I always kinda thought tennis was complicated

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same carson

same carson

Totally agree with you Carson

Totally agree with you Carson

my real name is thomas

that is quite a lot of games! :O

Wow! That is a lot of games!!

Wow! That is a lot of games!!

That is a lot of games !!❗️

That is a lot of games !!❗️

70 to 86 games! that's crazy!

70 to 86 games! that's crazy! I have played mario tennis before and know who games are won. Three days as well, yikes!

It is a good thing they are

It is a good thing they are changing the rules.

I never will understand

I never will understand tennis

Emily K

I watched the third longest match in history on TV. After a while, I went back to my school, but kept checking to see if the game was over. It took FOREVER! I enjoy playing, and watching tennis, although I like team sports better.

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